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The year in issues: Role of the blog (29 Dec 2004)
But to the bloggers who believe their role is to challenge the media establishment, incorporation into the mainstream is tantamount to internet heresy. In their eyes, those bloggers at the US political conventions ceased to be bloggers the moment they accepted their accreditation.

"Blogging is already being domesticated by its success," wrote Whiskey Bar blogger Billmon Billmon in the mass-selling Los Angeles Times. "What began as a spontaneous eruption of populist creativity is on the verge of being absorbed by the media-industrial complex it claims to despise."

"Bloggers aren't the first, and won't be the last, rebellious critics to try to storm the castle only to be invited to come inside and make themselves at home."
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